Holly Throsby is a musician and novelist from Sydney, Australia. She has released five solo albums – On Night (2004), Under the Town (2006), A Loud Call (2008), Team (2011), and After a Time (2017) – as well as a collection of original children’s songs (See!, 2010), and an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper (with Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann).

Holly’s debut novel, Goodwood (2016), was a critically acclaimed bestseller. It has been shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award, an Indie Book Award, two Australian Book Industry Awards, two Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards, and a Ned Kelly Award. Holly’s second novel, Cedar Valley, was published in Australia in October, 2018, to rave reviews. Australian Book Review called it “large and luminous” and “bracingly alive to the complexities and ellipses of existence”; Books+ Publishing described it as “a masterful novel”; and The Australian said: “ingenious . . . beautifully intertwined fact and fiction”. Cedar Valley has been longlisted for an Indie Book Award and featured in several best books lists for 2018.

Holly has been nominated for four ARIAs – including two for Best Female Artist, and one for Best Children’s Album. Her song, ‘Aeroplane’, has had over 22 million streams on Spotify. She has toured in Australia and abroad with artists such as Bill Callahan, Joanna Newsom, Paul Kelly and The Handsome Family. Guests on her albums include Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Mick Turner (Dirty Three) and Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters).

Holly is a council member for the animal protection institute, Voiceless. Her interests include good books, psychology, politics, and bushwalking.

 

“A meandering stream of textures that conjure their own world of dappled light and boundless hope. ★★★★” – ROLLING STONE

“Shadowy…tender…understated…beautiful” – STEROGUM (US)

“The kind of big-hearted, emotionally bruising story that reminds you why you love fiction… [Goodwood] is a complete revelation.”
– THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“It has been a while since I lost a weekend to a debut novel…There is so much to enjoy about [Goodwood]; my tip is that it will become a firm book club favourite. ★★★★★” – GOOD READINGS MAGAZINE

“Holly Throsby is one gifted human being.” – YEN

“★★★★” – MOJO (UK)

“★★★★” – THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)

“★★★★” – THE AUSTRALIAN